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Students Challenge Faculty and Staff in Basketball

The staff defeated the students in last year’s annual IPFW staff vs. students basketball game.

Photo credit: IPFW Media Services

The staff defeated the students in last year’s annual IPFW staff vs. students basketball game.
Written by: Communicator StaffJanuary 31, 2017

Students will take on faculty and staff members during Homecoming week at the fifth annual students vs. faculty/staff basketball game. The game will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Gates Sports Center.

Each year several IPFW faculty members and students compete in a friendly competition of basketball.

All interested students and faculty can participate in the game by contacting IPFW’s student government/homecoming committee.

Cassie Antos, an academic advisor for the Student Success Program, has competed in the past and said she loves it.

Antos said her favorite part is the fun atmosphere of the game and that anyone can play.

The event provides a unique way for students to engage with faculty and staff members.

“Instead of having to learn from them in the classrooms, we were able to compete against them, and I thought that was a good time,” said IPFW student Zachary Moreau, who participated in last year’s event.

Moreau said he liked how the game provided a chance for IPFW students to come together. He said he enjoyed seeing how many people came out to show support for their coaches, professors and peers.

Graduate assistant of IPFW Intramural Sports, Alex Harvey, said the game always brings a great deal of excitement.

For instance, Steven Stevenson, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, made a 3-point shot from well beyond the arc, which sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Faculty and staff members have also been known to show off their wild sides by wearing costumes for the event.

One year, an assistant professor in the Department of Music Therapy, Linda Wright-Bower, played with Minnie Mouse ears on her head and was wrapped in bubble wrap (so she would not get injured).

“It is all for fun and games so no records are kept; however, bragging rights are at stake,” Harvey said.

The staff has proven victorious every year but 2014-15. Last year, the staff won the game 60-51.

This year, Antos said she thinks the staff will win. Moreau, on the other hand, said he is rooting for the students.

The game is open to the public. The cost is $1 or one canned food item to benefit the Community Harvest Food Bank.